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Frederick Charles Greathead


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Frederick Charles Greathead 73

  • Born: 2 Jul 1856, Camberwell, Surrey, England 73
  • Marriage (1): Cornelia I. Beals on 26 Sep 1883 in Calhoun, MI 262
  • Marriage (2): Jennie Wilcox in 1895
  • Died: 1 Jan 1936, Alameda, CA at age 79 260

bullet  General Notes:

Married about 4 times -- source: Alice G. Radcliffe in the small pamphlet-like paper written by Wm. Greathead and possibly Aunt Sadie. She's written the note that he "married abt 4 times. I guess that is why Aunt S does not record it. AGR". Great uncle to Richard Perry Radcliffe.

In the census of April 7, 1861 in Bellair, Pelton, Barnstable, Devon, England, he was listed as the son of William Greathead. (census 1861 RG9 - 7 April 1861 from various sources. RG9 Piece 1494 Folio 73 p. 26.) In the census of June 10, 1880 in Marshall, Calhoun, Michigan, he was listed as the son of Rachel Greathead. Frederick was a tinner. (S50002) (IGI Family Record Family Search International Genealogical Index v 5.0 British Isles/Africa, International Genealogical Index (TM) (IGI) Entry, FHLM 1254575 NA film no. T9-0575 page no. 315D.) It is believed that Frederick married on 9-26-1883 Cornelia I. Beals in Calhoun, MI. He was aged 27 and born in London, she was aged 31 and born in Springs Prairie, WI. He married Nellie Wilcox in 1895 although the 1930 census intimates that Frederick first married aged 27 in 1884. (S4241) (emails from Jim Greathead to Jan Cooper, from 5012-2003.) Frederick was listed as the head of the family on the census of 1-5-1920 in Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, CA. Frederick was listed as the head of the family in the census of 4-2-1930 on Havington Ave., Oakland, CA. Frederick was a bookkeeper at the cafeteria. (Maybe Aunt Sadie's cafeteria??) (S1930000) Ancestry, 1930 US census - T626 - 4-2-1930, T626 Roll 108 page 21A Enumeration District 182 Image 42.

Frederick apears on the Denver Land Office Records 1862 - 1908 Sources:
Various websites: - Denver Land Office Records 1862 - 1908
Type - Homestead Act
Township/Direction - 5/South
Range/Direction - 61/West
Book - Register of Homestead Entries, 5 vols
Bureau of land management - 6
Application - 24903.00.

It is believed that Frederick married on 26 September 1883 Cornelia I Beals in Calhoun, Michigan. He was aged 27 and born in London, she was aged 31 and born in Springs Prairie, Wisconsin.8 He married Nellie Wilcox, daughter of ... Wilcox <p653.htm> and Mary A ... <p653.htm>, in 1895 although 1930 census intimates that Frederick first married aged 27 in 1884.1 His wife Nellie died on 1908.9,10 He married Jennie ... <p653.htm> in 1910.9 Frederick was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 20 April 1910 in Denver, Colorado, USA <pd1456.htm>, Frederick was living with his new wife and children and his late wife's mother.11 His wife Jennie <p653.htm> died on before 1920.9 Frederick was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 5 January 1920 in Santa Margarita, San Luis, Obispo, California, USA <pd1447.htm>.12 Frederick was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 2 April 1930 in Havington Avenue, Oakland, Alameda, California, USA <pd1444.htm>, Frederick was a book keeper at the cafeteria.13 It is believed that Frederick was the book keeper at the Colonial cafeteria owned by his sister Sarah in Oakland,

The following is a cut & saved newspaper article, which newspaper & date being unknown. It reads:
"On Pikes Peak. A Summit Celebration of the Fourth of July. The War of the Elements. Scenes of Beauty and Magnificence -- An Interesting Experience -- A Brilliant Panorama in the Clouds.

The following is an extract from a letter written by a brother of W.S. Greathead of this city. It is dated from Colorado Springs:
I spent the Fourth on Pike's Peak. Went to Manitou on Sunday eve and met four young men from Denver whom I knew. We started up the trail at 7 a.m. I wanted all to walk up but the four young men of Denver weakened and took horses. The first four miles up Engleman's Canyon is very steep until the trail house is reached at 9,000 ft. where we stopped for rest and refreshment and gave at the high rocks and mountain peaks. This first part of the way I think is the most interesting, the upper part is grander but everything is so far away and so large, that the fine effect is lost, or changes so that some time is needed at the summit to enable one to begin to appreciate the view. The lower part has two fine waterfalls, the Sheltered and the Minnehaha and at the trail house, where the north and south forks of the Ruxton unite, there are the Cascade falls. The north fork tumbles over the rocks for about 50 feet making a very pretty sight. While we were resting, up came two parties of tourists on horseback and so we all went on together fifty-two all in single file with three guides and two photographers.
Both ladies and gentlemen... (this part has been lost)... and overtook .... my position, ...clear up to ...
who had arrived about an hour before and was looking for crystals &c. I noticed a peculiar noise. It first sounded as if the rocks were ringing like glass bells, when the dry snow struck them or like steam coming out of a pin hole under very high pressure. The noise appeared to be at the upper corner of the building and then all around me. I noticed little hole in the mortar and thought perhaps a fly might be caught in there but just then one of the many iron hitching posts commenced to sing and as I walked along I found every one of them, the flag staff, every corner of the stone stable was singing its own little song. I noticed the storm cloud was right over head and not many yards away, and the cause of the noise was a general and harmless discharge of electricity, there being no flashes of light. I could stand on any large rock, hold up my finger and it would sing for me, stopping when I lowered my hand. Just then I heard Harry calling me. He had found it out, but in a different way. He had knocked off a piece of quartz and was holding it up to the light when it began singing. He rubbed it and thought a fly had got into his coat sleeve, so lowered his arm and shook it, the singing stopped. The man with him was a lightning rod also. The current passing off the top of his hat, giving him quite a shock, causing him to sing out and take off his hat, when every hair stood on end and sounded as if he had a swarm of bees around him. I heard him buzz when I was forty feet away. The anemometer on the signal station is connected electrically with a recording instrument inside the building. It was surrounded by a very distinct halo. Altogether it was quite a phenomenon. After the cloud had passed on towards the east, where the distance to the earth was greater, it began to lightning and thunder again, raining very hard, the country all around for miles lying in deep shadow. Soon after there came a break in the cloud at the west and the sun shone very brightly on the city of Colorado Springs, and nowhere else, the entire city looking no larger than a garden patch from that altitude. While we looked, a rainbow formed, appearing like a frame to the picture. An interesting feature was that the rainbow was some eight or ten degrees below the level of the horizon and was formed between us and the foothills for we could see them through the rainbow and they took its colors. The only time I ever saw a bow entirely below the horizon level, so it was very interesting. We could see the lightning flashes until late at night or until we went to bed. After dark the electric lights of Maniton and Colorado Springs (six miles farther,) appeared very brilliant and we could see all the fireworks for miles around, and by close watching could once in a while detect the sparkle of a sky rocket in Denver (75 miles.) We warmed up at the big stove and went to bed, but none of us could sleep at that altitude but we rested well and felt good when we got up next morning at 4 o'clock to see the sun rise. It was a fine sight. The eastern horizon is about 150 miles away. After the usual preliminaries old Sol came up, flat as a pancake. After a while he flattened into an oval and soon looked as usual. We got pretty well chilled through while waiting for him, the thermometer standing at 20 deg., everything frozen solid; but the view was grand. Could see away to the north beyond Denver to Long Peak and the snowy range down into South Park over to the main range and the hills about Leadville, to the head waters of the Arkansas, along the line of the Grand Canyon. The Sagauche, Sangre de Cristo range and the Sanish Peaks to the south. We took the down trail for Manitou in company with the man who acted as lightning-rod the night before and soon found he was a "tenderfoot" from Michigan, Battle Creek P-- was his name, had been a week from home and was on his way to California and had letters of introduction from F.B.; seemed like an old acquaintance in five minutes. We found walking down harder than walking up. this is on the feet. [sic] Our feet would wedge into the toes of our shoes, two (or ten I am not sure which, W.S.G.) of my toes were skinned when I got home. I was in time for dinner and found the thermometer 102, being a change of 82 degrees in seven hours."


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth: London, England.

Residence, 1861, Meltham, Yorkshire, England. 166 Living here are Wm. Greathead as head, Rachael his wife, and children Wm. S. , Alice M., Fredrick, Sarah J., and a servant.

Parish of Pilton, Borough of Barnstaple, Municipal Ward ([?]
Worth?) Barnstaple, Parliamentary Borough of Barnstaple.

Residence, 7 Jun 1880, Hanover Street, Marshall, Calhoun, MI. 25 Living here are Rachel Greathead as head of house, Frederick, Sarah J., Alfred J., and Ernest E. Greathead.

Occupation: tinner, 10 Jun 1880, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 25

Religion: M.E. Church (Methodist), 27 Jul 1885, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 303 Elected to the Board of Stewards at the Church in Marshall, MI.

Travel: Marshall, MI to Denver, CO, 3 Sep 1886, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 304 "Mr. and Mrs. Fred Greathead left Tuesday for Denver, Col., for the benefit of the latter's health, which has been very poor for some time."

Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 2164 S. Grant, Denver, Denver, CO. 13 Living here are Fred as head, wife Jennie, son Leonard, daughter Racheal, son Kenneth S., and mother-in-law Mary A. Wilcox.

Residence, 1916, Denver, , CO, USA. 31 From obit of Rachel Greathead.

Residence, 23 Jan 1920, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. 14 Living here are Fred and his son, Kenneth.

Occupation: bookkeeper, 1930. 3 Probably a bookkeeper for the Colonial Cafeteria, owned by his sister, Sarah, in Oakland, CA.

Residence, 14 Apr 1930, 2080 Harrington Ave., Oakland, Alameda, CA. 3 Living here are Fred C. as head, and sons Leonard W., and Kenneth S.


Frederick married Cornelia I. Beals, daughter of Living and Living, on 26 Sep 1883 in Calhoun, MI.262 (Cornelia I. Beals was born about 1852 in Springs Prairie, WI 18,49,262.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Engagement, 21 Sep 1883, Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. 304 "Miss Nellie I. Beals and Fred C. Greathead will be united in marriage next Wednesday morning, at the residence of Mr. M.L. Beals. After the ceremony the couple will leave for a trip through the state.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Married by E. Cooley, Minister of the Gospel. Witnesses to the marriage were Martin L. Beals and Rachel Greathead.


Frederick next married Jennie Wilcox, daughter of Wilcox and Living, in 1895. (Jennie Wilcox died before 1920 262.)

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